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The Master of Education: Critical Enquiry is a three-year, part-time online programme for professionals working in education settings. Participants build on their skills in reflective practice to critically engage with educational theory, research, policy and complex professional issues.
The programme utilises a collaborative approach to online learning, with learning activities designed to develop teacher agency, support professional dialogue and develop critical enquiry to inform practice. Participants choose the focus of their work on each module to fit with their professional interests and responsibilities. The collaborative learning activities support participants to work together on practice and develop creative responses to professional issues.
The Into Headship programme is offered as a postgraduate certificate in second year of the MEd Critical Enquiry and can be studied as a stand-alone qualification. Applicants for the Into Headship programme must be sponsored by their local authority.
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Postgraduate Loans (SAAS) (Scottish domiciled and EU students)
Loans for tuition fees are available from SAAS for eligible Scotland domiciled and EU students, and loans for living costs for eligible Scottish students.
A limited number of additional funded places are also available. For further information, please contact the programme leader, Helen Coker: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To achieve the award of MEd you must submit a proposal for and complete an educational enquiry project.
You will study through supported online learning via the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE). Activities and reading are supported with online seminars enabling discussion with tutors and peers. There are face-to-face events in November and June when you will have the opportunity to meet fellow students and share the outcomes of your enquiries.
Part time (structured): 3 years
The following fees apply to this taught postgraduate course :
Rest of UK
|Per module (20 credits)||£560||£650|
|Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits)||£1,680||£1,950|
|Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits)||£3,360||£3,900|
|Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation)||£5,000||£5,850|
Rest of UK
|Per module (20 credits)||£520||£650|
|Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits)||£1,560||£1,950|
|Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits)||£3,120||£3,900|
|Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation)||£4,680||£5,850|
Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.
Enquiries from employers for multiple student registrations are welcome and special fee arrangements may apply.
From 2017, eligible Scotland domiciled students studying full time for any taught postgraduate course up to full Masters level can access loans up to 10,000 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). This comprises a tuition fee loan up to £5,500 and a non-income assessed living cost loan of £4,500. EU students studying full time can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £5500.
Part-time students undertaking any taught postgraduate course over two years up to Masters level who meet the residency eligibility can apply for a for a tuition fee loan up to £2,750 per year.
Full details can be found on the SAAS website. Applications for loans open in April.
Students from the rest of the UK who meet the eligibility requirements may be able to apply for a loan from the Student Loan Company
You may also be able to apply for a government Professional and Career Development Loan
External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.
The programme provides teachers working in Scotland with direct links to the professional standard structure they work within (GTCS, 2012) and will provide individual participants with evidence to support the process of professional update that they engage in to record their professional learning
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Committing to studying when working full time with a family can be very demanding. However, after successfully completing year one of the MEd, I already feel that I have a better understanding of aspects of my professional practice. I have gained so much already, not least a new job, that I know it was the right decision for me.
Hayley studies part time on our MEd Critical Enquiry while working full time in education in Moray.
There is something very rewarding about further study especially if it improves the way in which you work. I really enjoyed the collaborative enquiry element and have found a newly kindled enthusiasm in school which is impacting very positively both on a personal and professional level.
Elfine George, MEd Critical Enquiry student, Inverness College UHI.
International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page
We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.